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johnnyboy83

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Kahr CW45
« on: March 21, 2012, 05:29:56 PM »
I bit the bullet, since Kahr's new pricing is super cheap and I was told here and a few other places that 1911 mags would work, I went ahead and bought the CW45 and started playing with it. We had one at the shop that I was able to play around with and I confirmed which mags work in it and which don't, so I thought I would give you guys a quick review of the pistol.

I found that ACT/Novak mags work spectacular and CDNN has them for $17.99 each. I bought one 7rnd officers mag and 4 8 round government mags. They all fit perfectly. I have read that Promags work, but I have really good experiences with ACT as they are the factory Rock Island/High Standard/ATI magazines and have a great record with my use. Sig factory 1911 mags worked by hand as well. Wilson Combat, Springfield Armory, Chip McCormick, and Colt mags do NOT work in the pistol.

The 7 round mag fits almost identically to the stock 6 round mag, but gives one more 230gr slug and it's easier to close the slide on.

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The 8 rounders hang out like they would in an officers model


The CW45 weighs 19.7oz vs 26oz as the lightest officer I've ever seen and my Kimber is 31oz. At 1/3 lighter, it really is nice to pack it all day. I carry open with the 8 rnd mag just like my Pro Carry. The pistol also fits my Glock 19 Serpa, my Tagua Glock 19 holster, and my Uncle Mikes duty paddle holster perfectly. Oddly enough it also fits my DeSantis Intruder IWB holster perfectly and eliminates the hammer jab I was getting with my 1911's





The only real complaints I have are at the back of the pistol the corners are rather sharp on the plastic frame and they wore blisters on the web of my hand during the 250rnd break in. Also bruised the flesh a bit, but my hands are a little meaty so someone with slimmer hands may not have an issue. There was one Failure to Feed with a Champion brass FMJ that had been chambered by hand over 100x while testing the 1911 mags for function before the range trip. The case rim was chewed up pretty good and the casing wall was scratched from being stripped from the mags so much so I don't think it was the gun's fault. One bump to the rear of the slide chambered it instantly. I noticed I was shooting about 4" left the whole time at 30 ft, but grouping was consistent and I didn't bring another pistol to make sure it wasn't me so on a deserted range there is no way to tell if it's an issue or not but it was still Bad Guy accurate so it isn't pressing for the moment. Also the 7rnd mag and one of the 8 round new mags would not lock the slide but fed their entire payload. That doesn't bother me, but it is worth noting.

I loaded all 7 mags and ran them each time back to back so my hands were tired quickly and the gun took about an hour to reach room temperature and there were no additional issues to report except be careful not to touch the metal at first unless you want to match the funny shaped burn that I have.

Felt recoil was lighter than my Pro Carry and with a Limbsaver grip sleeve the factory, razor-edged checkering couldn't do any damage.

Overall I was impressed for a pistol that cost me $365 delivered to my dealer and transferred as well as uses some of the same mags as my 1911s. Also night sights are available for the CW series so there isn't much of a difference between the P and CW anymore unless you have to have the polygonal rifling and milled slide stop (CWs have an MIM one)
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Re: Kahr CW45
« Reply #1 on: March 21, 2012, 06:35:35 PM »
I've been pleased with both of my K9s... it should serve you well.  :thumbup1

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Re: Kahr CW45
« Reply #2 on: March 21, 2012, 08:39:21 PM »
Took me a while to not feel how sharp the checkering was on the CW45 I handled.  The 1911 mag replacement info is quite cool!

Seriously want this more.
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Re: Kahr CW45
« Reply #3 on: March 21, 2012, 08:52:14 PM »
Took me a while to not feel how sharp the checkering was on the CW45 I handled.  The 1911 mag replacement info is quite cool!

Seriously want this more.

I debated it for a while, but then I looked at it like this, $365 for an Officer size pistol that will CCW as well as is large enough for open carry, takes my current mags for less $$$, fits my current holsters, and weighs 2/3 as much as my alloy framed pistols. It was just too good to pass on now that night sights are available. I have seen the TP45 go for $560 delivered and it is truly a commander size piece that only weighs one more ounce. An added bonus is that it has no safety or control just like a Glock, so it also passes George's stress criteria (his good example of why a Glock 21 would be a better choice than a 1911 for many). So in my eyes it can truly be a perfect pistol, just because of the value + features.

I had the limbsaver lying around so it didn't cost me anything, but I think I'll go ahead and do a carry melt on the slide and slide stop and trim the sharp edges on the plastic. I may as well take some of the bite out of the checkering while I'm at it. I'll post pics here if I get around to doing the work to it.
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Re: Kahr CW45
« Reply #4 on: March 22, 2012, 06:06:09 PM »
Good review - thanks.   :thumbup1
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Re: Kahr CW45
« Reply #5 on: March 22, 2012, 08:12:20 PM »
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Re: Kahr CW45
« Reply #6 on: March 23, 2012, 06:09:53 PM »
I love my Kahr PM9 and I will be getting a larger Kahr sometime in the future.  These Kahr triggers are amazing from the factory and only get better with time.  Thanks for the review, well done.
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